John Cage: A Mycological Foray – Variations on Mushrooms

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From independent publishing house Atelier Éditions, the two-volume monograph John Cage: A Mycological Foray explores the acclaimed (and often experimental) American composer and theorist’s fascination with mushrooms. As Cage famously proclaimed, “I have come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom.” Limited to an edition of 75, the book features 20 unnumbered lithographs, diary entries and the first-ever full reproduction of Cage’s Mushroom Book, done in collaboration with illustrator Lois Long and botanist Alexander H Smith, in 1972.

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City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture

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Within City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture, photographer Arthur Drooker presents expressive, exacting imagery of the administrative hubs of various local governments. The chronological chronicle travels from the early 19th century to today—representing the wonders of Buffalo, Boston and beyond while showcasing styles that range from Federalist to modern. The book includes a foreword by historian Douglas Brinkley, and mayors (current and former) offer stories to accompany Drooker’s images.

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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet’s Summer Camp 1977

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In the summer of 1977, roughly 300 campers arrived at Mountain Lake summer camp in rural North Carolina. There, the camp’s photography instructor, Andy Sweet, would capture an experience and an era in the images that now compose his book Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet’s Summer Camp 1977. Sweet, who passed in 1982, balances the uniqueness of the time with the universality of camp life. The book is 120 pages, hardbound, with an introduction from New Yorker staff writer Naomi Fry.

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Peter Beard Gesamtkunstwerk

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Once a limited release from TASCHEN, Peter Beard’s “gesamtkunstwerk” (a German word that translates to art assembled from multiple mediums, much like collage) returns. Within the 770-page hardcover, the pioneering artist’s photography interacts with personal writing and doodle-like drawings. Edited by Nejma Beard and David Fahey, with additional text by Owen Edwards and Steven M.L. Aronson, the tome grants access to Beard’s impassioned, international perspective—one that made him a beloved collaborator to other pioneers, from Dalí and Warhol to Truman Capote, Isak Dinesen and the Rolling Stones.

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Stay With Me: A Novel

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Set in the 1980s in Ilesa, Nigeria, Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel, Stay With Me, occurs in the midst of the country’s political tumult, but explores societal pressures, tradition, gender, family, sacrifice, and redemption. It traces the story of a marriage through the wife and the husband’s points of view. Adebayo’s prose captivates and her characters are fully realized, making for an affecting tale.

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The 24-Hour Soup Kitchen

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Journalist Stephen Henderson’s account of his gastro-philanthropic efforts around the world—from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi to soup kitchens in Israel, South Korea, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and more) The 24-Hour Soup Kitchen: Soul-Stirring Lessons in Gastrophilanthropy—offers heartfelt tales of compassion and humanity. Henderson’s field reports, drawn from time he spent volunteering while on assignment around the globe, enlighten and inspire.

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning senior art critic for New York Magazine (and social media user extraordinaire), Jerry Saltz, How to Be an Artist dispenses practical wisdom, inspiration, humor and honesty to nourish the artist in all of us. For those already taken by Saltz’s passionate criticism and witty storytelling—as well as those looking to persevere in creative professions—the book will prove to be a beautiful resource.

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By Kenny Gould, The Brewing Cloud deviates from the beer writer’s typical reportage (which he does for the magazine he founded, Hop Culture) in favor of fiction. Using an imaginary “floating city where everyone is involved in some aspect of the beer industry” as the foundation for stories like “The Rat Problem” and “Vampire Brewing,” Gould spins tales of love, luck and more. Gould’s pieces are brief, witty and celebrate the beloved beverage.

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From the importance of the clink of ice in a cocktail shaker to the devilish development of cutlery, Amy Azzarito’s book The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks tells the tales of more than 60 ordinary furnishings and objects. Arranged alphabetically, the book’s entries traverse time to pick through origin stories and interesting advancements that anyone who loves trivia—and a nice surprise—will value.

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Just Kids Illustrated Edition

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A love letter to New York City, the power of youth, commitment to one’s artistic pursuits and, simply, friendship, Patti Smith’s National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, celebrates destiny—from tumult and tragedy to success. In this illustrated edition, never-before-published photographs and ephemera join Smith’s exceptionally beautiful words. Smith captures a moment and a movement—and honors the life of Robert Mapplethorpe in the process.

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Hotel Chelsea: Living in the Last Bohemian Haven

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A photographic tour of one of NYC’s most storied residences, Hotel Chelsea: Living in the Last Bohemian Haven bridges past to present and myth to reality through deeply textured images by Colin Miller and thoughtful text by Ray Mock. Within, both Miller and Mock convey the Chelsea Hotel’s continued bohemian spirit, carried along by the remaining residents of its previous iteration. It’s an open window to an opulent world defiant of time and circumstance.  

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Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

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Written by music critic Will Hermes, Love Goes to Buildings on Fire: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever explores the years in the mid-1970s when NYC was failing as a city, but punk, hip-hop, disco, salsa and jazz were thriving from block to block, borough to borough. Beginning with New Year’s Day in 1973 and ending with New Year’s Eve in 1977, the book is encyclopedic and detailed, and tells the fairytale of various music scenes and the fascinating ways they oftentimes converged in a city that was, in many ways, divided.

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Owner of Lincoln, Nebraska’s Goldenrod Pastries, baker Angela Garbacz’s first-ever cookbook, Perfectly Golden, collects some of her beloved dairy- and gluten-free recipes (which can also be made with butter, all-purpose flour and other alternatives, if one so pleases). More than 100 photographs accompany the recipes—which range from her grandma’s famous peach coffee cake to lemon meringue pie and chewy almond cookies. Garbacz dedicates an entire section to “Frostings + Fillings + Extras,” too. Lessons from her mother and grandmother, as well as learnings from her community bakery, all found in this book, represent an inclusive philosophy that all bakers will benefit from.

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More than a collection of personal essays, Little Weirds, by actress, comedian and author Jenny Slate, offers memoir-like intimacy and impossible-to-categorize insight. From moments of vulnerability to acts of eccentricity, Slate encourages readers not only to read but to play along as the planet goes about its strange business.

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Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

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Written by acclaimed author and activist Olga Tokarczuk and beautifully translated from Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead blends a whodunit murder mystery with William Blake’s poetry, astrology, nature, gender and power. The confounding and dazzling tale centers on Janina Duszejko—its 60-something protagonist—and portrays a small, rural Polish town, but expands far beyond; becoming a kind of fairytale about humans and their innate capacity for cruelty. First published in 2009, the book was translated a decade later, the same year Tokarczuk won the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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With its Broadway opening on 6 October 2019, Slave Play entered a new echelon of groundbreaking, successful theatrical works and amplified the invigorating voice of playwright Jeremy O Harris. Not only daring, but deeply important, the three-act play—which centers around three interracial couples undergoing sexual therapy—challenges viewers. Reading the written text, now published by the Theatre Communications Group, only brings one closer to Harris’ words.

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